Down at the Barn
Gooood morning everyone!
And it has been a good morning. I’ve been up since 6 spending time at one of Gould’s best kept secrets (or not so much if you actually go to school here), the Barn.
I’m not sure how many other schools are lucky enough to say that they have a barn complete with horses, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits in their backyard, but I know Gould is. ‘The Barn’, as it is fondly referred to here on campus, can be found right behind Ordway, the dining hall. The cool thing about the Barn is that not only does it have adorable animals that you can go and visit anytime your heart desires, but it also plays a pretty big role in our community.
Some of the meat that comes from our cows and pigs is eaten here in our dining hall, and the eggs we collect from the chickens are also used. You’ll find at the salad bar some vegetables that are grown in the gardens at the Barn. Gould also offers a ‘Farm and Forest’ program in the Fall and Spring terms, which is run by a fellow GLOG alum, Ms. Wilkerson. Each afternoon as an activity, students can participate and help out at the barn every day, taking care of the animals, planting and tending the vegetable gardens, shearing the the sheep, and lots more. Gould also donates lots of the vegetables grown at the Barn to the local food pantry and other organizations, and it’s really neat that we can help people outside of our community as well.
So what am I doing at the barn at 6:30 this morning? Well, luckily for all the students at Gould, you don’t have to be in Farm and Forest to get the full “Barn” experience. If you take biology at Gould, (which is a graduation requirement, so it is suggested) you have to complete Barn Chores. For one week, you and a partner work with either the barn proctor (Marguerite Wiser) or Ms. Wilkerson herself, and help feed the animals in the morning. So…it’s finally my turn this week, and it’s been really cool, and I’m glad I finally had a chance to help at the Barn.
So really, if you have the time or if you plan on visiting campus in the near future, I recommend visiting Gould’s extended family down at the Barn. The rabbits are fluffy, the horses are sweet, and the chickens aren’t afraid to say hello either. That’s all I’ve got for this week, have a great March break everyone, see ya in the SPRING!
Til next time,